The Department of Defense recognized State Rep. Connie Pillich for her leadership in fighting to improve the lives of service members and their families in Ohio during the 2012 legislative session. The certificate of appreciation was presented by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert L. Gordon III.
“I am honored and humbled by this award. It is important that we support the men and women who risk the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” said Rep. Pillich. “It has been my goal to ease the transition back to civilian life for our service members, and work to ensure they and their families have the services they need during difficult times.”
Rep. Pillich is widely regarded as a champion for veterans, active duty service members, and military families. She has fought hard on behalf of Ohio’s service members and veterans by introducing legislation and working to affect positive policy changes in Ohio and nationally. Rep. Pillich has introduced legislation that would enable deployed or transferred military service members to terminate a housing lease (HB 106), connect veterans with their benefits (HB 450), and help veterans and their families get back to work (HBs 196, 449, and 494). She has worked to make sure all those who have served and lost their lives or who have been disabled are recognized for their service (HBs 549 and HB 568).
“While we have made great strides in improving the services for Ohio’s service men and women, there is more that can be done. I will continue to fight to ensure the best possible quality of life for our service members and their families,” said Rep. Pillich.
In the previous legislative session, Rep. Pillich worked for the passage of legislation to improve the efficiency of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (HB 461). She also fought to strengthen veteran’s benefits in House Joint Resolution 1, improve the efficiency of nursing care for veterans, and revise the entry standards for those seeking care at Ohio’s Veterans Homes (HB 449).